September 3, 2014
ARTCILE: HARVARD SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
1.Many people in their own religion cannot identify someone/something in their religion 2.It is important to study religion, so there is a better understanding of the people around us 3.Religion takes on the full affect of people around the world 4.People need to walk up to someone with good intention’s of them and not make a generic assumption 5. We need to study and continue to study in future generations about religion. The more knowledge we know about other religions the better off we will be. Be open to differences. September 5, 2014
Indianapolis religious diversity
What is religion?
Until modern times, religion was not separated from the rest of life. It was all wrapped up in the fabric of life. Latin word religio meaning “to bind”.
A person or community “bound” itself to something that was worthy of reverence or respect. P.24
Merriam-Webster: the belief in a god or in a group of gods
Oxford: The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods: ‘ideas about the relationship between science and religion’ Collins: belief in, woship of, or obedience to a supernatural power or powers considered to be divine or to have control of human destiny Free: belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe September 7, 2014
DO NOW: So why do we study world religions?
We study world religions in order to have a better understanding of people around the world, and when we meet these people we do not make a generic assumption of them. What is unique about studying each religion?
Approach different religion:
-respect-empathy: to identity and understand the situation of another “to never judge another until you walk a mile in their moccasins”-Native American proverb -equalitypg. 23
1. The religious diversity in our world today is near and far to our own homes. Many people today have different religions from myself and they can be my next door neighbor. 2. We use the term ‘world ‘s religions’ because we are all apart of the world and should be aware of the world’s religions. 3. The word religion originated from Latin. It is a difficult word to define because each person thinks differently and therefore has a different take on the word’s meaning. September 8, 2014
DO NOW: What did you notice in looking for current events about religion? Many were about Judaism
19th century Indianapolis (5 churches)
Christ church episcopal (1 left)
Sacred space made through believers and rituals
Not all in houses of worships in own homes (Buddhism)
Jewish: masusa on door post
Nature as the primary home
Water: cleansing and power
Caves: inner realities
Forest: mystery and tranquility
NOTES pg. 10-16:
What is unique about studying the world’s religions as compared to studying ones own religion is that each religious tradition addresses and interprets these, and other experiences, differently.The world “empathy” means to identify and understand the situation of another. We are asked not to accept what others believe and practice. Rather, we are asked to be humble, open, and respectful. Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “Equality, which is a presupposition of interreligious dialogue, refers to the equal personal dignity of the parties in dialogue…” Pope John Paul II also emphasized this attitude in his encyclical Redemptoris Missio. Before becoming Pope John XXIII, Angelo Roncalli was a Vatican diplomat in Turkey and Greece (Greek Orthodox Christians and Muslims) In WWII he helped Jews escape Nazi’s and as Pope he continued to work towards Christina unity. In his first encyclical, Ad Cathedram Petri, he referred to Protestants as “separated brethren” rather than heretics He had the praying for “perfidious Jews” removed from the Good Friday liturgy. Liturgy- a definite set of forms for public religious...
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